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post #41 of 62
We're having the same fussiness over here Renee. I was actually somewhat relieved to read your post and see that our babies were only born two days apart. I guess it's just time for a growth spurt? My usually never cries at all baby has definitely gone MIA this week lol. I have him in my moby right now and he seems really content. He's been sleeping on and off for about 2 hours now which is the longest he's napped all week I think. Usually if I walk him around bouncing him he stops crying but my arms start hurting after a while because he's such a chunky monkey. I finally thought to get the moby out today and it's made it so much easier on my arms.
post #42 of 62
O is 8 weeks today. we weighed him last weekend and he's up to 10lbs6oz so great growing. still cries a lot, still not great sleep but is getting better. i can rely on 5 hours total a night now, minimum. He sleeps on his belly in the cosleeper with a soothie binky. I put him down drowsy for naps and bed w/ the binky and he's doing great. we CD during the day but use a seventh generation diaper at night.
post #43 of 62
Checking in, finally! Moving with a 4 week old is certainly limiting.

Anyway, things are going pretty well here. DD had a meltdown last night, nothing I did seemed to soothe her. DH had been away all day at school, and just carried on painting the trim in our house while DD (and eventually me) cried. I felt like I just needed 10 minutes to regroup, and he thought getting the house taken care of was more important. I know he doesn't actually believe that, but I was feeling a bit overwhelmed at the time.

Most days, when it's just me and DD, she is wonderful during the day! Evenings are her rough time for some reason. Although after last night's meltdown, she only woke up once during the night! All that sleep felt wonderful.

She's also in the process of finding her thumb. So cute! Mostly she just sucks on her fist or the side of her thumb, but occasionally it'll sneak in there. I'm really hoping this will help her self soothe, I know she was going for it when she was crying last night.
post #44 of 62
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Originally Posted by Madalyn View Post
We're having the same fussiness over here Renee. I was actually somewhat relieved to read your post and see that our babies were only born two days apart. I guess it's just time for a growth spurt? My usually never cries at all baby has definitely gone MIA this week lol. I have him in my moby right now and he seems really content. He's been sleeping on and off for about 2 hours now which is the longest he's napped all week I think. Usually if I walk him around bouncing him he stops crying but my arms start hurting after a while because he's such a chunky monkey. I finally thought to get the moby out today and it's made it so much easier on my arms.
Yep I read that 6 weeks is one of the typical ages to get a growth spurt. I also read that it can last a few days or a week! Im hoping for both of us only a few days. Today seems better so far...
post #45 of 62
To those of you who are not doing dairy... what do you eat?! We eat mostly whole foods around here, so there's not much I had to worry about in the pantry or freezer (other than frozen waffles and flour tortillas), but I'm still having a hard time! Especially with snacks and lunch stuff. I typically eat homemade burritos or quesadillas for lunch/snack, or string cheese or yogurt for snacks. There's nothing now for me to grab when I need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day. I'm having a hard time without my cheese...

Also, how do you eat out? We don't eat out a ton but we have family in town right now so we will be eating out a lot more this week than typical. I don't know where to go or what to get, and how to know if there is dairy hidden in any of the ingredients of what I order. Any tips?
post #46 of 62
For about 20 minutes I was so happy and proud: DS2 fell asleep on his own in his bassinet. Sadly, he woke up 20 minutes later. I had to nurse him and then carry him around in the sling for a while to get him back to sleep. Oh well, it's a start, right?
post #47 of 62
CD's - I'm CDing part time right now, that's about all I can manage in addition to the other laundry. I know that must be blasphemous coming from someone who sells cloth diapers but it is was it is. We mainly use pockets but I use sposies at night.

Sleep - DS is a nightmare right now. He wakes up in the middle of the night for several hours and walks around the house in the dark. And of course as soon as I get him back to bed Laine is waking up so I really don't get any sleep right now. Laine does pretty well sleeping through the night and will fall asleep on her own about 50% of the time, DS didn't do that until he was well past age one.
post #48 of 62
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Originally Posted by catilina View Post
To those of you who are not doing dairy... what do you eat?! We eat mostly whole foods around here, so there's not much I had to worry about in the pantry or freezer (other than frozen waffles and flour tortillas), but I'm still having a hard time! Especially with snacks and lunch stuff. I typically eat homemade burritos or quesadillas for lunch/snack, or string cheese or yogurt for snacks. There's nothing now for me to grab when I need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day. I'm having a hard time without my cheese...

Also, how do you eat out? We don't eat out a ton but we have family in town right now so we will be eating out a lot more this week than typical. I don't know where to go or what to get, and how to know if there is dairy hidden in any of the ingredients of what I order. Any tips?
Snacks - fruit bars (kashi I believe) and fruit strips (target brand), bananas, apples, ocra, squash, onions, potatoes, peanuts, ritz crackers, saltines. Just look at the ingrediants realllllll close. And don't just go by the "this item contains: X, Y, and Z" you have to learn all the different words that are related to dairy and look at the ingrediant lists. I did find a sara lee bread that doesn't have milk - yeah!!

Meals - plain or slightly seasoned fish, chicken, beef and beans.

Eating Out - for the most part, fries and steak, tomato based dishes that don't include noodles. Those usually don't have milk in them. When in doubt - don't eat it. Also most resturants have nutrition and ingrediant info on their websites if its a big chain. HTH
post #49 of 62
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Originally Posted by catilina View Post
To those of you who are not doing dairy... what do you eat?! We eat mostly whole foods around here, so there's not much I had to worry about in the pantry or freezer (other than frozen waffles and flour tortillas), but I'm still having a hard time! Especially with snacks and lunch stuff. I typically eat homemade burritos or quesadillas for lunch/snack, or string cheese or yogurt for snacks. There's nothing now for me to grab when I need a quick pick-me-up in the middle of the day. I'm having a hard time without my cheese...

Also, how do you eat out? We don't eat out a ton but we have family in town right now so we will be eating out a lot more this week than typical. I don't know where to go or what to get, and how to know if there is dairy hidden in any of the ingredients of what I order. Any tips?
There is dairy hidden in everything! YOu could order a salad, but if there is meat on it that was grilled there is still the possibility that there is butter on it. Bread you never know if it has dairy-it is just so hard to know. I hardly eat out when I am following a special diet. The only safe place is Whole Foods salad bars-they list all the ingredients. Chinese food, or other asian food might be the safest.

For snacks: peanut butter on apples, or any kind of nut butter. You want to make sure you are replacing the fat from the dairy with another kind of fat or you will be starving! I use clarified butter (there is no casein in it) so when I have toast I use it. I also add it to whatever I am eating if there is no other source of fat in the meal. I eat burritos with out the cheese, you get used to it.
post #50 of 62
Hello everyone! Feels good to check in and see how all the babies are doing. I find it so fun to read about the different stages, how different/similar babies are.

Sophia used to take a paci, but not anymore. I should offer it more. Sometimes she sucks on her fist, I should try to get her to suck on the thumb and see how she likes it.
I've been trying to post here for the past couple of days, but things have been quite crazy around here. Yesterday I almost had a breakdown.

Im starting to think that Sophia might be colicky or she just has a VERY hard time falling and staying asleep and ends up being overtired and goes crazy. She'll be 2 months on Wed and for the past 3 weeks she has cried so much. Anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day!

She used to be really good, never cried unles she was hungry or wanted to be held and always fell asleep while nursing. Now it's so hard to get her to sleep. I need to walk her, bounce her, rock her. Go out for walks with her in the sling, but she'll wake up as soon as we walk in the door. She'll just cried for 3 hours straight, as I walk her, sing her, talk to her and it makes me feel like a bad mom. All I want to do is comfort her. I burp her, everything and you can tell she's in pain, because she squirms as she cries and pulls and extends her legs and throws herself back as I hold her. Sometimes she will cry until she falls asleep, and will wake up right away (anywhere from 5-20 min) and cried some more and fall asleep again.

I've discovered that getting her to fall asleep, laying her down in the bed with her and nursing her when she wakes up, sometimes work, but not always.

The last couple of days she has been awake, ALL DAY. Sleepin like an 1-2 hours tops and in different sessions. At night, when I finally get her to sleep (which usually happens around 10 or 11). She'll sleep from anywhere to 4-7 hours straight. If she wakes up and I nurse her, she'll go right back to sleep, but during the day it's crazy. Yesterday she woke up at 6am after sleeping really well at night. The first thing she does is to nurse, I change her diaper and then she just smiles and laughs for like 10 minutes. It's fun to see her wake up so happy and she seems to think my hair is funny, she'll stare at it and coo and smile for so long, if I put her hand in it, she goes crazy and doesnt let go of it lol
Then she got sleepy around 9:30. She started getting fuzzy, I walked her, rocked her. Got her to sleep like 3 times for like 5 minutes, then she started crying almost screaming, my shirt was wet from her tears. I tried everything, she just wouldnt sleep. I gave her a warm bath for like 30 minutes she relaxed and calmed right away, but after I took her out, she started crying again. It was like 1:30 and she hasnt slept since 6 and just would cry and cry. I ended up asking DP to tell my MIL to come over (she has been really nice lately).
She said her belly was hard as a rock, it was true, but I had been burping her in all ways possible for like 2 hours. She fell asleep a couple of times, kept waking up, burped later once and finally fell asleep at 2pm for half an hour only, my MIL got her to like the swing, she slept there. Then she was happy for most of the day, didnt sleep again, nursed fine, burped fine. At like 7:15 she started crying again for almost 2 hours. I walked her, bounce her, nursed her, everything until she fell asleep at 9, woke up like 20 minutes later, I nursed her and she fell asleep at 10. Slept through the night, woke up at 4 to nurse, fell right back to sleep, woke up at 7 to nurse, fell asleep and dss wokes us all up at 8 something.

She got sleepy around 9:45, it took me until 11:30 to get her to fall asleep. She fell asleep once, woke right up after 5 minutes. Cried, but not as bad, fell asleep on my arms and I transfer her to the swing, she's now there sleeping.

Im so tired, I feel like Im neglecting dss, when he's here during the day, because she cries so much and I just focus on calming her. I explain to him, that she doesnt feel good and that when she falls asleep I'll be with him, but after 2-4 hours of trying to get her to sleep, I just want to sit down and relax. On top of that, my back and knees have been hurting really badly, so it's frustrating when Im walking her and bouncing her for so long and she doesnt fall asleep. Not with her, but with myself.
I almost cried yesterday when my MIL came here. Next week Im taking her to the doctor, so hopefully, he'll have some advice for me.
post #51 of 62
I've been slowly modifying my diet to.

No spicy food, which used to be all I ate. No beans anymore (Im a vegetarian so that's a big deal). Im gonna eleminate dairy for 2 weeks and see if that helps.

I saw a chart of possible things that could affect her. It's basically all I eat, so Im trying to figure out a new diet for me.
post #52 of 62
DS appears to have difficulties when I drink stuff with artificial sweetners and/or colours. He'll scream for hours.
post #53 of 62
some kids can be allergic to the dyes used in sodas, not sure how that translates to bm, but I knew a girl in grade school that could only drink sprite cause of it.

I got my answer, she is definately allergic to dairy. Been doing great for a while now, no excessive screaming, then reintroduced dairy yesterday - I ate chick-fil-a, BTW they have dairy in pretty much everything on their menu. I didn't want to straight out drink milk, I thought I'd just start w/ something I knew had milk in it. She screamed all afternoon and night. My pp visit was horrible, the nurses kept asking why she was screaming. Finally called my mom after the 3 1/2 hour stint after I got home and begged her to come over cause I just could not take any more screaming - It worked, the moment I got off the phone she went to sleep! So that's my plan for now on, when she starts screaming - call in reinforcements so she'll fall asleep.
post #54 of 62
Hi Everybody! I disappeared into NICU land when my daughter was born at 34 weeks. Nice to see how you all are doing. I too miss my midwife, and it seems like such a shame not be able to see her regularly anymore!

My precious baby is finally 6 lbs...came home a little while ago, and she is doing well. Between the paci, bottle, nipple shield, and me, breastfeeding was a horror for a few weeks, but once she got bigger and stronger the nipple confusion was no longer an issue. Thank your lucky stars if you have a healthy baby and a beautiful birth, ladies...an emergency c-section and a sick preemie was really the most horrible thing I ever hope to have to go through. Every sneeze, cough, or slightly warm forehead sends us into hours of worry about whether she's sick again.

The weather's been awful here on the East Coast - cold and rainy. Wish you all a happy 4th!!
post #55 of 62
~Lisa Marie~ Married 08/03, Mama to 2 Fall Princes '04 :, '06 CBAC : &
Late May '09 Princess VBA2C success :

Just saving my siggy before it gets deleted w/the update. Anyone know if there is a VBAC ribbon?
post #56 of 62
AppleCrisp - I'm glad you are all home and doing good. I definately understand the nursing problems, my NICU baby never did nurse properly so I pumped for 11 months and it is definately no fun. Congrats on getting the hang of it! I looked at a couple of your other posts, is she on an apnea monitor at home? If not the angelcare monitor really gave me peace of mind w/ DD1 after she got off the medical apnea monitor at 4 months. In fact we kept her on it till she was about 2 years

I think I'm more paranoid this time w/ Anna's enlarged kidney, I'm constantly checking her temp and worried every time she sleeps too long, cries too much, vomits.... well you get the point, pretty much every minute of every day... Since she won't sleep in the crib the angelcare monitor is useless, just like it was w/ DD2... Having kids is just so much fun isn't it? I'm beginning to consider telling DH to go ahead and get fixed, I'm not sure I can handle this again, too much worrying involved. Its easier when they get big enough to tell you they don't feel good.

Not a bad idea SunCB, that way little hands don't delete it, which tends to happen with any word doc on my comp. I have to back everything up online or poof!
: attached to DH 10/03, DD1 8/06, DD2 12/07 : , DD3 5/15/09 :, 3 :, 3 :, 1 hen, 17 chicks and a sulcata.

Hope everyone had a safe and fun 4th of July! Hope all fingers are still attached
post #57 of 62
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Originally Posted by Sadie Lake View Post
Me too! Me too!

We're still pinky nursing around here (mom and dad's pinky's), and desperately trying to get baby to take a paci, but would prefer thumb. She'll get her fist first-finger-first in her mouth sometimes, which would also be acceptable, but still no real luck with any.

She will take the paci for my dh for like 1 minute at a time. We're not giving up. But, I would die for the freedom of a thumb sucker!

Sadie
Any progress on this? We are in the exact same situation and I would really really like him to find his thumb (and be able to keep it in his mouth when he does find it). I know people whose babies found their thumb in the first week. They are sooo lucky!
post #58 of 62
Just a quick hello to everyone, hope you are all doing well. We're getting set up in our new house, which we wound up completely remodeling. Olivia has become really attached to me, doesn't like to be put down, I think just because we've been displaced recently. They are still working on the house, carpets come Wednesday. She's done great with the move, though! I'm more of a lurker because of this though, hard to type with a baby in one arm all the time... and no couch to sit on to balance things. I'm at the kitchen counter at the moment!

And, my 5 week old baby gained well over 2lbs in her first month! Born at 7lbs 9.5ounces, she is now up to 10lbs 4ounces! I couldn't believe it. And she's not a chunky baby, it's just funny. I knew either my arms were getting weaker, or she was getting heavy quickly.
post #59 of 62
Yes! I've had luck! Not with the thumb though, unfortunately. She'll suck it if I get it in her mouth but as soon as I let go of her hand she pulls it out.

But, she's taking a paci pretty well. Now dh and I are finding that she has given up on our pinkies, which is ok. We had to buy 3-4 different kinds of pacis before we found one that she would use. It was worth it though!

I just hope she continues to use it.

Sadie
post #60 of 62
Work went okay. Baby did well. Thankfully I got some support on the breastfeeding board about it and how to prepare, etc.

Hope everyone had a good weekend.
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